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Prince At Halftime

Michael Wilbon

Usually at halftime, I'm busy writing frantically because deadlines are tight at night...But I wouldn't be writing tonight at hafltime. I'm a total Prince groupie...and have been since 1978 when his first album came out...We're the same age, so were 19 then...I parited with The Twins, Prince's scandalously hot twin dancers, Thursday night on South Beach at Shaq's party...I see football all the time, but there's never enough Prince. The last time I watched the halftime show intently was Janet and Justin...Price in the rain...How unbelievably cool is this? It's like he's not even getting wet.

Tony's a rock-and-roll guy so he probably doesn't even care about Prince. This ain't Mr. Tony music, although this song "The Best of You" sounds much metal for true R&B fans. But part of the attraction to Prince, I'm sure, is that he plays everything masterfully. He's suposed to do 12 minutes total...Oooh, "Purple Rain." Okay, this has to be the finale...You can't do something after "Purple Rain" when it's raining...Unless he wants to do a little "Darlin' Nicky" which I know he won't do...Prince had a religious conversion of sorts a few years ago and doesn't do stuff like "Soft n' Wet" and "Sexy M.F." and "Do Me Baby." I hate that he doesn't do overtly sexy songs anymore, but what can you do? It's like being angry over Art Monk not being voted into the Hall of Fame...

How bad is the field going to be in the second half after the stage moving in and out, all the concert heads around the stage, the marching band...all in the rain...That mght be the best chance we have in the second half, a carved up, rain-soaked field...

Okay, halftime adjustments: The Bears have to put more pressure on Manning, whether than involves being better at the original game plan or employing Plan B right out of the tunnel. Rex Grossman is going to have to play up to the faith the team has demonstrated in him, which might be out of his reach...I don't know he has it in him to really assert a positive influence on a post-season game against an opponent that sees his flaws right out there in the open.

If you're the Colts, you don't change a thing. You let Manning just stand back there and pick apart the defense, spread out the Bears defense and let Adai and Rhodes pound inside...When the Colts do that, you can see how much the Bears D misses Tommie Harris, the all-pro defensive tackle, and Mike Brown, perhaps the league's best safety against the run...

Okay, we'll watch a big chunk of the third quarter and come back for more yak!

By Michael Wilbon |  February 4, 2007; 8:08 PM ET  | Category:  Michael Wilbon
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Sloppy Game...but Prince is no slouch...absolutely unbelievable and absolutely live for a change...

Posted by: Daniel Adam Smith | February 4, 2007 08:24 PM

This is Wilbon's America. Great name dropping! Partying with Prince - epic!

I think the Bears first drive will be the telling tale.

Posted by: Kitty | February 4, 2007 08:24 PM

Ah, Mike, the Best of You was perfect! He had it all, rock, R&B, a little soul. That was an A+ performance, especially the guitar playing!

Posted by: Blackaces | February 4, 2007 08:25 PM

The Bears won't be getting the ball first, though. The defense has to hold them here -- let's see if they made any adjustments.

Posted by: Phil | February 4, 2007 08:26 PM

The Superbowl entertainment was set up escpecially for Tony and Mike. Billy Joel for TK and Prince for Wilbon.

Posted by: David Vair | February 4, 2007 08:26 PM

I miss Morris Day and the Time...

Posted by: Bill Lehecka | February 4, 2007 08:26 PM

MW - good live show by prince - i agree with yur comments - not suprised to hear rock and roll tony wouldn't get it

Posted by: Joe Hellner | February 4, 2007 08:27 PM

if hendrix was rock so is prince...prince is a killa, and was great at the werizon last time in DC...great.

nice field position for colts to start the second half...

Posted by: John Thomas McCook | February 4, 2007 08:27 PM

Someone told me that Prince can play something crazy like 24 different instruments flawlessly. I'd believe it after that performance. Wow!

I say ditch the second half. More Prince!

Posted by: Blackaces | February 4, 2007 08:27 PM

So do Morris Day and the Time.

Posted by: Joel K | February 4, 2007 08:28 PM

cindy still blogging? r u hiring?

Posted by: chris | February 4, 2007 08:28 PM

At least it wasn't Paul McCartney. Lame!

Posted by: Blackaces | February 4, 2007 08:28 PM

It's alright Tony, maybe Anne Murray is singing in the victorious locker room.

Posted by: SMACK | February 4, 2007 08:29 PM

The Bears' defense can't stop Joseph Addai. That's not good for Bears fans.

Posted by: Phil | February 4, 2007 08:31 PM

Who will be the first to refer to this as the Supersoaker Bowl? Sabol is probably all over that.

Posted by: SMACK | February 4, 2007 08:32 PM

When I grow up I want to be Wilbon.

Posted by: Beks | February 4, 2007 08:32 PM

Sooners around the world echo your sentiments about Tommie. Peyton would be out of the game by now if the ManBeast could play.

Posted by: Rob in Arlington | February 4, 2007 08:32 PM

I wonder what Carlos Boozer thought of that Prince performance.

Posted by: Blackaces | February 4, 2007 08:33 PM

the short pass to Addai reminds me of the TechmoBowl pass play to Walter Payton. Tough to stop.

Posted by: Chopped Liver | February 4, 2007 08:34 PM

loss of diem does not seem to be hurting colts so far

Posted by: Joe Hellner | February 4, 2007 08:34 PM

I think rain may hurt the Bears d-line. It slows them down and they can't get to Manning as quickly. Come on Bears!

Posted by: Blackaces | February 4, 2007 08:35 PM

Morris Day and the Time are around - they still play clubs.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | February 4, 2007 08:35 PM

Is Uhrlacher having a bad game?

Posted by: SMACK | February 4, 2007 08:36 PM

Hey, I'm into rock and I LOVE Prince! Who says Prince isn't rock? Yes, he's funky too but he is His Royal Badness and he was just awesome!!!!!

Posted by: PrinceROCKS | February 4, 2007 08:36 PM

That field looks suprisingly smooth for all the pounding on it in the rain. What did they do to it? A ripped up field would favor the Bears. This stuff, who knows.

Posted by: ep | February 4, 2007 08:37 PM

If you told me there'd be 6 turnovers in the first half, AND that it would be pouring rain, I would *not* have expected a Colts lead.

Posted by: Rain bowl | February 4, 2007 08:37 PM

Wow look at the rain Souper Bowl anyone?

Posted by: Joe Hellner | February 4, 2007 08:38 PM

Rainbowl, I can't believe this either. And it's coming down even harder! It may come down to who wastes more time outs on silly challenges.

Posted by: merzydoats | February 4, 2007 08:38 PM

How much do I love that Prince was wearing a do rag to protect his little press and curl? That was my highlight of the Super Bowl XLI right there!

Posted by: HRH | February 4, 2007 08:41 PM

Great animation in that Coke commercial -
especially if you think about all the bacteria inside a soda vending machine.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | February 4, 2007 08:43 PM

I have some other ideas for what history will call this game:

Flood Bowl
Monsoon Bowl
Water Bowl

Posted by: Phil | February 4, 2007 08:44 PM

I definitely prefer Curly over Shemp.

Posted by: SMACK | February 4, 2007 08:47 PM

you parited with the Twins? that's rather ... surprising

Posted by: chris | February 4, 2007 08:49 PM

here we go:

In order of greatness

Fum-bowl(ding ding ding ding * WINNER)
Flood Bowl
Monsoon Bowl

Posted by: Chris Gaithersburg Md | February 4, 2007 08:51 PM

Prince knocked me on my ass!!!! Best halftime show ever.

I am going to be soooo hungover tomorrow after that wicked briliant performance!

Posted by: Robin | February 4, 2007 08:52 PM

can't beat Purple Rain and the guitar solo --- I know --- I own the 16-minute version

Posted by: chris | February 4, 2007 08:55 PM

Prince's cover of the Foo Fighters "The Best of You" was awesome! The man oozes talent from his pores. Excellent halftime!

Posted by: Joe | February 4, 2007 09:05 PM

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